Mark Kurlansky joins ERT/Booklist Author Forum, 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Fri, 11/20/2015


Amy McGuigan

Conference Manager

ALA Conference Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO – Bestselling and prolific creative nonfiction writer Mark Kurlansky joins documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writer Terry Tempest Williams in conversation with Donna Seaman, Booklist Editor for Adult Books, at the popular ALA Midwinter Meeting ERT/Booklist Author Forum. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges and pleasures of telling true stories. The popular Forum will take place 4 - 5:15 pm, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, offering the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors, illustrators and publishers up close at Midwinter.

Kurlansky is celebrated for books focusing on everything from salt, cod and frozen food to the pop song, “Dancing in the Street.” The author of 28 books, he has received multiple awards and honors ranging from a Los Angeles Times Science Writing Award and a James Beard Award for Food Writing to a New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award, an Orbis Pictus award from the National Council of Teachers of English and ALA Notable Book Awards. After starting out as a playwright, Kurlansky shifted to journalism and is a former foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer.  His many other jobs include commercial fisherman, dock worker, paralegal, cook and pastry chef. He has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues and other subjects. His forthcoming book is "Paper: Paging Through History" (May 2016).

The authors are appearing thanks to the generous sponsorship of their publishers, Random House Children’s Books (Ken Burns), W.W. Norton (Mark Kurlansky) and Macmillan (Terry Tempest Williams). Find more information about the ERT/Booklist Author Forum and previously shared information about Ken Burns, Terry Tempest Williams, and Donna Seaman at

The Exhibits Round Table is pleased to sponsor the ERT/Booklist Author Forum as one of the many ways they collaborate with ALA staff and members to make the exhibits a dynamic part of ALA conferences.

Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’ advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 100 years. Booklist Online includes a growing archive of 170,000+ reviews available to subscribers as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media.  Booklist subscriptions offer essential integrated print, online, and digital edition access for the most efficient and effective workflow.

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